Russian legislators proposed to forbid VPN and similar services in Russia

New draft law proposes amendments to Russian law on information, its protection and informational technologies. Explanatory note to this draft underlines that relevant Russian authorities face obstacles when forbid dissemination of illegal information under current Russian law. First of all it is impossible to oblige search engines to exclude links to forbidden information in search…

Draft evaluation and review of the IPR enforcement directive – Towards an internal market for IP enforcement

Due to the lack of a European right (except for trademarks and designs), obtaining interlocutory or permanent injunctions for the same infringement against infringers or intermediaries from several jurisdictions in the EU is often cumbersome for certain IPR, in particular copyright.

Extending the scope of the geo-blocking prohibition: an economic assessment

On 25 May 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on addressing unjustified geo-blocking. New analytical paper illustrates the prevalence of geo-blocking in e-commerce and summarizes available relevant evidence. It also discusses the economic impact of lifting geo-blocking restrictions in online goods and copyrighted digital content services.

A copyright infringement suit can follow a “little bit” use of a program without licence

Design Data Corporation alleged that Unigate Enterprise, Inc., infringed the copyright on Design Data’s computer aided design program by downloading an unauthorized copy of the program and importing and distributing within the United States program output generated by a Chinese contractor using an unauthorized copy of the program.

How OTT-services, operating in Russia, will count viewers for regulation purposes?

Russian Roskomnadzor proposed instructions for OTT-(audio-visual)-services explaining how to count viewers visiting web-sites of such services. This instruction has been proposed in order to implement new law on OTT-(audio-visual)-services operating in Russia. This law provides regulation for popular services with audience more than 100 thousands viewers a day.